The Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit in Conversion The Work of the Holy Spirit Involves 1. This infused grace is basic to the development of the Christian virtues, and enables man to acquire merit with God, to merit further grace, though he cannot merit the grace of perseverance. 12:9; II Tim. Much more than the gifts, a believer should desire to manifest the fruit. John 3:8. In Acts 16, Luke relates what happened when he, Paul, and Silas arrived at Philippi on Paul's second preaching trip. It is the ultimate cause of God’s elective purpose, of the sinner’s justification, and of his spiritual renewal; and the prolific source of all spiritual and eternal blessings. It is sometimes used figuratively to denote the breath of God, Job 32:8; Ps. This is the move of the Holy Spirit in a congregation – the presence of the Holy Spirit in a gathering; the evident of the Holy Spirit in a gathering of believers. Bishop Warburton in his work on The Doctrine of Grace, or the Office and Operations of the Holy Spirit knows of no saving grace in the accepted sense of the word, but limits the word “grace” to the extraordinary operations of the Spirit in the apostolic age. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness … The operation of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the book of Acts. 1:7; 2:5,8; 3:7; I Pet. In some of these cases it is quite evident that the Spirit of God is not a mere power but a person. It virtually denies the personality and work of the Holy Spirit, and in some cases even the objective atonement through Christ. The teachings of Scripture respecting the grace of God stress the fact that God distributes His blessings to men in a free and sovereign manner, and not in consideration of any inherent merit of men; that men owe all the blessings of life to a beneficent, forbearing, and longsuffering God; and especially that all the blessings of the work of salvation are freely given of God, and are in no way determined by supposed merits of men. by: J N Darby. The Holy Spirit has not only a personality of His own, but also a distinctive method of working; and therefore we should distinguish between the work of Christ in meriting salvation and the work of the Holy Spirit in applying it. Numerous outpourings of the Holy Spirit are mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles , in which healing, prophecy, the expelling of demons ( exorcism ), and speaking in tongues ( glossolalia ) are particularly associated with the activity of the Spirit. 6:1; 8:9; Eph. Nomism denies the sovereign election of God by which He has infallibly determined, not on the basis of the foreseen attitude or works of men, but according to His good pleasure, who would and would not be saved; rejects the idea that Christ by His atoning death, not only made salvation possible, but actually secured it for all those for whom He laid down His life, so that eternal life is in the most absolute sense of the word a free gift of God, and in its bestowal human merits are not taken into consideration; and maintains, either that man can save himself without the aid of renewing grace (Pelagianism), or can accomplish this with the assistance of divine grace (Semi-Pelagianism and Arminianism). also Neh. Even the non-denominational churches have fallen away from ministering in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each individual is given an administration and an operation specifically as God/Christ/the Holy Spirit has designed for their life. The Holy Spirit Is a Helper Who Teaches and Reminds The Wind Bloweth. 413-416; K. Dijk, Heilsorde (Art. Watch Queue Queue. Did grace exclude all merit in his system? 382.] There is also a clear recognition of the operation of the Holy Spirit in the intellectual sphere. It is God’s free, sovereign, undeserved favour or love to man, in his state of sin and guilt, which manifests itself in the forgiveness of sin and deliverance from its penalty. 42:5. 1-99, 291-414; Buchanan, The Doctrine of Justification, pp. Just as the Son of God is not only the Mediator of redemption, but also the Mediator of creation, so the Holy Spirit, as represented in Scripture, is operative, not only in the work of redemption, but also in the work of creation. How did the rationalistic and pietistic neonomians conceive of it? No Move of God. Christ met the demands of divine justice and merited all the blessings of salvation. 9:30: “Yet many years didst thou bear with them, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit through the prophets: yet they would not give ear.” Ezekiel speaks of a vision by the Spirit of Jehovah, 11:24, and in Zech. This can only be obtained as a free gift of God. There is a certain similarity between the general and the special operations of the Holy Spirit. Seeberg expresses himself as follows: “Thus the doctrine of ‘grace alone’ came off victorious; but the Augustinian doctrine of predestination was abandoned. It may denote the kindness or beneficence of our Lord, II Cor. he even distinguished three kinds of common grace, namely, universal common grace, general common grace, and covenant common grace. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) When the Holy Spirit gives command to preach the Gospel to every creature, with the objective of taking out of the nations a people for His name, how can a preacher urge that we are to take the world for Christ? 216p. power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me 400 Calvin’s Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit Doctrine depraved. It is applied to the pardon which we receive in justification, a pardon freely given by God, Rom. Hello Select your address All Hello, Sign in. But His work is not yet finished. 1 Corinthians 12 and 14--The Nine Gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the Church today and should be in operation within the Body of Christ. 40:13. Where is He who put His Holy Spirit in the midst of them, 2 Timothy 1:14. 4:7; Jas. The operation of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life is evident in the manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and the gift of the Holy Spirit ( Act 2:38, 1 Corinthians 12:1-13). 12:9. It is connected with the mercy of God as distinguished from His justice. Again, the Spirit of the Lord is represented as qualifying men for various offices. This divine Being is instrumental in every conversion of a sinner. 3:24; 5:2,15, 17,20; 6:1; I Cor. 15-20; McPherson, Chr. 22:11; 31:30, but most generally means favour or good-will. The following are 10 ways the Holy Spirit works in the lives of believers. The operation of the Holy Spirit in the assembly (1 Cor. The Bible, and especially the book of Revelation, uses the number 7 to refer to perfection and completion. These verses have nothing to do with a direct operation of the Holy Spirit. 7:22) and all elect and some reprobate have been enlightened and given joy in, and a taste of, the mysteries of the gospel by the Spirit (13:20; Heb. b. 3:7; 5:12. Standard Bible Ec. While the work of the Holy Spirit in creation in general undoubtedly has a certain independent significance, yet it is made subordinate to the work of redemption. (Please see my manual on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit). 1. The Father, Son, and Spirit have jointly engaged in covenant, and by promises, to accomplish this stupendous work. Both atonement and justification are from eternity. In his struggle with Semi-Pelagianism Augustine emphasized the entirely gratuitous and irresistible character of the grace of God. “Many present the doctrines and theories of our faith; but their presentation is as salt without savour; for the Holy Spirit is not working through their faithless ministry. This all came because I followed the love that I felt in my heart. 10:29. The Holy Spirit is supposed to be involved in the church today and a healthy church has movement. In the second place the term “grace” is used as a designation of the objective provision which God made in Christ for the salvation of man. 179 ff.] 2:7. The gifts of the Spirit are word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, the gift of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, different types of tongues, discerning of spirits, and interpretation of tongues, (1 Corinthians 12:8-11). This means they are manifested at his discretion and operated in … This has happened to us all, but most of the time we don’t understand this is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and we miss an opportunity. A modernized abridgement of Owen’s Discourse dealing with the name, nature, personality and operations of the Holy Spirit. Posted on May 2, 2011 by Amy Strange. 9:20. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You may ask, how do I receive these gifts? Dr. Bill Mounce blogs on spiritual formation and on Greek at BillMounce.com. Tag Archives: operations of the Holy Spirit. There is scarcely any man who is not aware that he has done many wrong things. THE GRACE OF GOD IN THE WORK OF REDEMPTION. In the redemptive sphere He also originates the new life, fructifies it, guides it in its development, and leads it to its destiny. OPERATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BY F. W. SMITH THE HOLY SPIRIT IN CREATION No subject about which men have spoken and written has as much "mystery" thrown around it as that of the Holy Spirit. 1:21. John says: “The law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,” John 1:17. As already intimated in the preceding, in passing from Christology to Soteriology, we pass from the objective to the subjective, from the work which God accomplished for us in Christ and which is in its sacrificial aspect a finished work, to the work which He realizes as time goes on in the hearts and lives of believers, and in which they are permitted, and also expected, to co-operate. Category: Uncategorized. According to Wiggers he comprehended under grace: (a) “The power of doing good (possibilitas boni), and therefore especially free will itself.” (b) “The revelation, the law, and the example of Christ, by which the practice of virtue is made easier for man.” (c) “Our being so made as to be able, by our own will, to abstain from sin, and in God’s giving us the help of His law and His commands, and in His pardoning the previous sins of those who return to Him.” (d) “Supernatural influences on the Christian, by which his understanding is enlightened and the practice of virtue is rendered easy to him.”[Augustinism and Pelagianism, pp. Amen. The fruit is but one fruit that finds expression in nine forms. operations of the Holy Spirit, which at this day are opposed with violence and virulence. Your email address will not be published. The New Testament word charis, from chairein, “to rejoice,” denotes first of all a pleasant external appearance, “loveliness,” “agreeableness,” “acceptableness,” and has some such meaning in Luke 4:22; Col. 4:6. II, pp.. 473-498; H. Schmid, Doct. What is the relation between the doctrines of free will and grace in history? How did Augustine conceive of it? 9:8 (referring to material blessings); I Pet. He continues it in heaven, in order to put those for whom He laid down His life in possession of all that He has merited for them. Beginning in verse 13 he writes: "And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. There is a certain consciousness of sin which may be without the Holy Ghost. The Operation of the Holy Spirit. In the former He originates, maintains, develops and guides the life of the natural creation, restrains for the present the deteriorating and devastating influence of sin in the lives of men and of society, and enables men to maintain a certain order and decorum in their communal life, to do what is outwardly good and right in their relations to each other, and to develop the talents with which they were endowed at creation. No sinner is ever saved without the operation of the Holy Spirit. Zechariah 12:10 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness … Says Smeaton: “The term grace, which in Augustine’s acceptation intimated the inward exercise of love, awakened by the operations of the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:5), and which in the scholastic theology had come to denote a quality of the soul, or the inner endowments, and infused habits of faith, love, and hope, was now taken in the more scriptural and wider sense for the free, the efficacious favour which is in the divine mind.”[The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, p. There is no such thing as irresistible grace. It is said repeatedly that “the spirit of Jehovah came (mightily) upon them,” Judg. 1:18; 27:5; Esth. 7:12 we read: “Yea, they made their heart as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which Jehovah of hosts had sent in His Spirit by the former prophets.” Cf. The penitent sinner wrongly proceeds on the assumption that God is angry with him and merely needs information on that point. In opposition to the Pelagian view, that of Augustine is often designated as “the theology of grace.” While Augustine admitted that the word “grace” could be used in a wider sense (natural grace), and that even in the state of integrity it was the grace of God that made it possible for Adam to retain his uprightness, his main emphasis is always on grace as the gift of God to fallen man, which manifests itself in the forgiveness of sin and in the renewal and sanctification of human nature. 28:3; 31:3; 35:30 ff. The gifts that operate in most “Spirit-filled” churches are simply words of exhortation or prophecy. But the term is applied not only to what Christ is, but also to what He merited for sinners. The manifestation of the gift of the Holy Spirit is for the edifying of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, Ephesians 4:12-13). The Holy Spirit. Pelagius’ conception of grace was rather unusual. If the human will concurs or co-operates with the Holy Spirit and man actually repents and believes, God confers on man the further grace of evangelical obedience and the grace of perseverance. 10:30; 15:57; II Cor. 2. ); Pope, Chr. Operation of the Holy Spirit. The Lord has used the gifts of the Holy Spirit mightily in … The doctrine of divine grace is also necessarily obscured in the theology of Albrecht Ritschl. Scripture clearly shows that not all the operations of the Holy Spirit are part and parcel of the saving work of Jesus Christ. I would desire to say a few words on the operations of the Spirit of God—the connection of His working in us with Christ; and the separateness too of the operation of the Spirit inus, from the work of Christ as wrought and perfected for us already. It is especially in connection with the teachings of Scripture respecting the application of the grace of God to the sinner by the Holy Spirit, that the doctrine of grace was developed in the Church. II, pp. THE RELATION BETWEEN THE GENERAL AND THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Jesus name. 3:10; 6:34; 11:29; 13:25; 14:6,19; 15:14. Camas, WA 98607 III, pp. The word “grace” has gradually disappeared from the written and spoken word of many theologians, and many of the common people in our day attach no other meaning to the term than that of gracefulness or graciousness. 23:2. While they all emphasized grace in the sense of the internal and saving operation of the Holy Spirit, Calvin especially developed the idea of common grace, that is, a grace which, while it is the expression of the favour of God, does not have a saving effect. The subject of the operation of the Holy Spirit has been confusing and mysterious to some due primarily to false teaching. The manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit doesn’t happen overnight, as many would expect, but through prayer, exposure to God’s word, and a conscious effort to practice the word daily (Ephesians 4). In the first place grace is an attribute of God, one of the divine perfections. [Walter K Sauer; Theological Research Exchange Network.] Before we begin the subject of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and their operation in the body of Christ; I trust you have already been baptized or filled with the Holy Spirit. If that is the meaning of the “seven” in the "seven spirits," then it is not referring to seven different spirits of God, but rather the perfect and complete Holy Spirit. The operation of the Holy Spirit in the soul corresponds in time, as it seems to us, with the natural operation; without being either antecedent or subsequent. What does it designate in connection with the work of redemption? In the Old Testament we have the word chen (adj. God gave the knowledge of what had happened and then gave words of wisdom to instruct them on how to deal with it. 5:17; I Cor. "But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to you remembrance all that I said unto you." QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY: On which elements of the ordo salutis did the emphasis fall in the first three centuries? T… 16:22; 27:16; Heb. 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